With the support of our Member Federations, European Athletics has achieved an early milestone with over 100 road races registered and certified on the European Athletics Running for All platform.
“The figures confirm the strong responses we have received from Member Federations and race organisers over the past months. They understand the benefits of a system to assess and publicise the quality of mass participation races across the continent,” said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen.
“It was our end-of-year target to have 100 races certified and this means we are well ahead of schedule and will continue to endorse as many races as possible.”
The European Athletics Safety and Quality Standards for road races act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe. They distinguish between races that respect the standards and those that haven’t sought certification or assessment. They form the foundation of Running for All, a strong recognisable brand for running activities throughout Europe.
The certification process enables positive partnerships and relationships between everyone involved in running - runners, clubs, organisers, European Athletics, national athletics federations, local authorities, service providers and the media.
“This has been a real collective effort with road races registered in 28 different European countries so far. We will pursue our discussions with the various groups of the running movement and are confident more road races will register for certification,” said European Athletics Vice President Jean Gracia.
Races listed as "1 Star" fulfill guaranteed minimum requirements of safety and security for all participants. "3 Star" races offer a good level of safety and include a satisfactory level of services to a larger number of runners, while "5 Star" races offer a high quality experience and a comprehensive range of services.
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